Trump went on to say he wants people who are the subject of false claims to have "meaningful recourse in our courts".
Trump has a long record of threatening to sue journalists who write things about him that he does not like. The book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, is No. 1 on Amazon's lit of best sellers.
The president's comments about the news media on Wednesday also extended to one of his favorite punching bags: network news.
He called the country's current laws "a sham and a disgrace", claiming that they "don't represent American values or American fairness".
"Certainly states should take a look at [libel laws]", she told us.
The president reiterated on Wednesday that "we want to see something with DACA".
"It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and nearly always wins before being reversed by higher courts", Trump tweeted Wednesday. They are all bad.
Paul Ryan: Trump comments 'unfortunate,' 'unhelpful'
Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, echoed that sentiment, saying he wants a "bipartisan consensus" on entitlement reform. The president said overhauling social safety net programs is "going to have to be bipartisan".
The remarks were startling for a few reasons.
President Trump spent much of his first official Cabinet meeting in 2018 touting his administration's "tremendous" achievements in 2017.
Equally striking was Trump's attempt to couch defamation laws in the rhetoric of his populist political movement.
On Tuesday, Trump met with lawmakers from both parties at the White House in front of the press for an extended period of time in which he appeared to agree on building a border wall, ending chain migration and the visa lottery system.
Another reason Trump may have libel laws in mind may have to do with the fact that his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has filed defamation suits against Fusion GPS, the firm behind a salacious and largely unsubstantiated dossier, and the outlet that published it in full, BuzzFeed News. "These are laws that originated hundreds of years ago in England". "So there actually is no federal statute that Trump could try to get Congress to rewrite". That standard derives from a 1964 Supreme Court ruling, New York Times Co. v. Sullivan.
Trump's first mention of changing libel laws after his inauguration came in March of previous year and was in response to general negative coverage by the Times.